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U.S. 'Sequester' Budget Cuts Would Have Effects in Georgia

Education, job-search assistance and child vaccinations are among areas in Georgia that would be affected, the White House says.

Just when you got over the "fiscal cliff" -- get ready for the "sequester."

According to USA TODAY, the White House began warnings about the sequestration -- automatic budget cuts -- by issuing reports Sunday (February 24) on how the coming $85 billion in reductions will affect each of the 50 states.

With the cuts set to begin Friday, President Obama is expected to cite the state reports as part of his effort to pressure congressional Republicans over the sequestration.

In a statement, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said "surely" Obama can find a way to cut 2 to 3 percent from a $3.5 trillion budget. "Rather than issuing last-minute press releases on cuts to first responders or troop training or airport security, he should propose smarter ways to cut Washington spending," McConnell said.

-- How do you feel about the impending federal budget cuts? What should the president and Congress do? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

On Sunday, the White House released a state-by-state breakdown of how the budget cuts could play out. Here are some ways they could affect Georgia:

  • Teachers and Schools: Georgia will lose approximately $28.6 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 390 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 54,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 80 fewer schools would receive funding. In addition, Georgia will lose approximately $17.5 million in funds for about 210 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

For more on this article, visit Suwanee Patch.

 

Hangtough February 25, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Every single time Obama can't get his way, the first thing he is going to cut is SS, Fire/Police/Military, schools and medicare. If he honestly cared about the people of this country, he could cut the money spent on illegals and the dead weight in the government. That would more than take care of what is needed, but no, he wants to terrifiy the people into thinking no police, fire, military, schools teachers, SS or medicare. Don't let him BULLY you! The man is a sorry president and an A_ _!
Tammy Osier February 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM
HT - yep. His idea, republicans try to stop it, then they get threatened, go along then get blamed. That's the tactics that they use. Quite a government we've allowed to rise up here isn't it?
Robbi McCaig February 26, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Because the President has forgotten he’s already been elected and he’s been campaigning across the country to defeat his own idea, there are too many sources to quote regarding the dire consequences President Obama sees if the sequester, or Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA), isn’t averted. So without individual attribution here are some of the services we will lose. Local first responders–fire, police, EMS. Teachers. Military “readiness” and “preparedness.” Airport security and TSA. Homeland Security. Border Patrol. FEMA, FDA, NASA. (Wait a minute, wasn’t NASA killed last year? Here’s one that’s for sure going to save money: the National Drug Intelligence Center, still slated for a $2 million cut to a $20 million dollar budget. Buy it was closed on 6/15/2012. Why does it need a budget?) FBI, NRC, the federal prison system, SEC. Sounds awful, until we notice that these “cuts” come out of a budget that’s already scheduled to increase more than the cuts amount to. And that Republicans have offered to give the President emergency authority to allocate these cuts in ways that are “least harmful.”
flyinby February 28, 2013 at 12:06 AM
Sometimes a Visual Aid Helps. Here is a Chart Showing Federal Spending With and Without Sequestering. Don't Fall for the Propaganda... it (Sequestration) isn't as Big of Deal as they are Pretending it is ! http://reason.com/assets/mc/psuderman/2012_09/sequester-chart.png Amazing – Obama Caught in Bald-Faced Lie on White House Sequester (Video) http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/02/amazing-obama-caught-in-bald-faced-lie-on-white-house-sequester-video/ here is a montage of political statements on the sequester. From the video it is clear that the sequester cuts were a product of the White House. It is also clear that Barack Obama continues to get away…

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